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“Dialogue,” from page 2 arm, to the numerous webpages listed in Barbara Belejack’s article about the “Zapanet” \(“Yes, Virginia, There is a moonlight @igc.org . Michael R. Wyatt El Paso BLOWING SMOKE I hate to contradict Jim Hightower, but he made a mistake in the December 20 issue marijuana. The difference is that hemp is the stalks and seeds of the cannabis sativa plant, while marijuana consists of the flowers and leaves. He is right in that the stalks and seeds have zilch THC in them. To get seeds, though, it flowers, and then the THC content in the leaves’ resin rises to three percent-akin to beer and wine. \(Making sinsemilla, or seedless pot, raises it to the flowers are pollinated, the plant grows seeds, which take up half the plant’s weight. It should be pointed out that a lot of drug war opposition to legal marijuana is a cover for special interests sabotaging a competitor. Hempseed oil can be used to make varnishes, paints, and other compounds. Growing hemp doesn’t require chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This may be the reason Peter Dupont switched from proto anti-marijuana back in the ’70s. Pharmaceutical companies don’t like medical marijuana since it is a natural product, and so can’t be patented. Rick Potthoff Houston TRENCH WARFARE I just saw the December 20 issue, with an article about our neighborhood issue \(“To Thank you so very, very much for your support in this issue. This will assist us in many ways. I do hope that we hear from some of your readers. We sure do need the help! Kathryn Suchy Lubbock ONE, TWO, MANY OBSERVERS… I really enjoy the magazine. I remember growing up in Texas when my parents got it and I read it too. When I moved up here ten years ago, I sort of lost touch with Texas politics until a friend up here gave me a gift subscription. I have renewed ever since, and I daresay I know more about Texas politics than New York or New Jersey politics. I think every region, state, and city should have a magazine like The Texas Observer-and more Molly Ivinses and fewer George Wills would be a good thing too. Andrew H. Lee Westfield, New Jersey CLASSIFIEDS WORK for single-payer National Health Care. Join GRAY PANTHERS, intergenerational advocates against ageism and for progressive policies promoting social and economic justice. $20 individual, $35 family. 3710 Cedar, Austin, TX TEXAS AIDS NETWORK dedicated to improving HIV/AIDS policy and funding in Texas. Individual membership $25, P.O. Box 2395, Austin, TX REVOLTED BY EXECUTIONS? Join the Amnesty International Campaign Against the Death Penalty. WORK FOR OPEN, responsible government in Texas. Join Common Cause/Texas, 1615 Guadalupe, #204, http://www.ccsi.com/-comcause. TEXAS TENANTS’ UNION. Membership $10/six months, $18/year, $30 or more/sponsor. Receive handbook on tenants’ rights, newsletter, and more. 5405 East Grand, Dallas, TX 75223. END LOGGING OF ANCIENT FORESTS and roadless areas, stop clearcutting of our National Forests. Join the nationwide campaign to protect and restore America’s wild and natural forests. For a free brochure contact Save America’s Forests, 4 Library Court SE, Washington, D.C. CENTRAL TEXAS CHAPTER of the ACLU invites you to our noon Forum, the last Friday of every month, at Furr’s Cafeteria Banquet Room in Northcross Mall, Austin. For information call LIBERTARIAN PARTY Liberal on personal freedoms, but conservative in NATIONAL WRITERS UNION. We give working writers a fighting chance. Collective bargaining. Grievance procedures. Health insurance. Journalists, authors, poets, commercial writers. Forming locals in Houston, Austin, and E-mail: [email protected] PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. Join the Texas Civil Rights Project, 2212 E. MLK, Austin, TX 78702. $25/year. Volunteers also needed. Contact Jim 474-5073. VOLUNTEER BRIGADE to Leon, Nicaragua, July 26-August 8, 1997. Experience in building trades useful; recreational and educational events planned. Tecnica, PO Box 4392, Austin, THE ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY bumper stickers can be ordered for $1.00 each. Gary Dugger, 8507 Lewis Mtn. Dr.; Austin, TX 78737. EMPLOYMENT POLITICAL PUBLISHING. South End Press seeks editor/administrator. Professional experience in publishing, editing, or writing required. Benefits: $28,300 plus dependent allowance, 32-hour work week, 4 weeks vacation, full health insurance. People of color encouraged to apply. Send letter and resume to SEP Personnel, 116 St. Botolph St., Boston, MA 02115. ENVIRONMENTAL COMPANY. Experiencing huge growth. Offices across the country. Looking for good people. [email protected] SERVICES MARY NELL MATHIS, CPA, 20 years experience in tax, litigation support, and other analyses. 901 Rio Grande, HOUSEBUYERS, The Consumer’s Agent. Specialists in representing central Austin residential buyers. WORLDWISE DESIGN, awardwinning graphic design studio. For creative, effective and professional designs for your educational and promoDIGITAL ARTS CONSULTING-Computers for Communication. We provide the tools for digital media production, including digital video editing, interactive CDROM, digital photography and Internet 524-8548. http://www.d-a-c.com . CLASSIFIED RATES: Minimum ten words. One time, 50 cents per word; three times, 45 cents per word; six times, 40 cents per word; 12 times, 35 cents per word; 25 times, 30 cents per word. Telephone and box numbers count as two words, abbreviations and zip codes as one. Payment must accompany order for all classified ads. Deadline is three weeks before cover date. Address orders and inquiries to Advertising Director, The Texas Observer, 307 West 7th, Austin, TX ORGANIZATIONS JANUARY 17, 1997 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 25